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Though it's a small country, there is a wide range of micro-climates including cloud forests, rainforests, dry forests, volcanoes, and beaches. It's not traditionally known as a diving hot spot, but we think diving Isla del Caño or Las Catalinas can go head to head with the best! Costa Rica has one of the best selections of luxury lodges, eco-friendly boutique hotels, and more traditional resorts. There is truly something for everyone in Costa Rica. 

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This lush paradise is all about stunning beaches, volcanoes, diverse wildlife, eco-tourism, and adventure activities.

Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.



main attractions

Spanish, but English is spoken in most tourist areas.


San Jose & Liberia 

TOP international airports

Costa Rican colon, but USD & credit cards are widely accepted.


Tropical and subtropical, with dry and rainy seasons. When it's dry on one coast, it's rainy on the other and vice versa.

Rainforests, active volcanoes, diverse wildlife (e.g. monkeys, sloths, toucans), stunning beaches, adventure activities (e.g. rafting, ziplining, surfing), and scuba diving.

There's never a bad time! It just depends on where you want to go and what you want to experience. 

  • December - April is considered the high season, which means the least amount of rain on the Pacific coast, but more crowds. 
  • May - November is less crowded (& has better deals!) but a higher chance of rain on the Pacific coast.  
  • The Caribbean, however, is the opposite. It is dry May - November and rainy December - April. 
  • September - November brings tons of lush green foliage thanks to the rain, incredibly bright warm sunsets, and better pricing. There is nothing like a rainy season sunset - the sun coming down after an afternoon storm behind the clouds full of pinks, blues, and yellows. 

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Seriously though- rainy season sunsets are unbelievable!

Best scuba diving in Costa Rica: 

caño island

This biological reserve off the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica has clear waters and abundant marine life, including manta rays, sea turtles, and white-tipped reef sharks.

catalina islands

Located off the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Catalina Islands offer several great dive sites with diverse marine life, including rays, sharks, and schools of tropical fish.

bat islands

Located off the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Bat Islands are known for their strong currents and large schools of bull sharks found from June - September. 

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Best scuba diving in Costa Rica: 

isla del coco

This uninhabited island, located about 550 km off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is considered one of the best dive sites in the world. Divers can see a variety of marine life, including hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, and manta rays, among many other species.

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What's included in a Costa Rica vacation package?

  • Hand-selected accommodations that cater to your preferences and budget
  • Meals where indicated, so you never have to worry about where to eat
  • Transportation once you arrive in-country, so you can sit back and relax
  • Tours, including diving, with transportation to/from
  • Perks like upgrades, spa credits, and more, when applicable, to enhance your vacation experience
  • Local recommendations, including restaurants, that showcase the best of Costa Rica's culture and cuisine
  • Packing lists with links and DTA select discounts to help make packing easier and more affordable
  • Pre-arrival guides that include do's and don'ts, and other helpful tips, so you're fully prepared for your trip.

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NOT INCLUDED: International Airfare, Travel Insurance

pura vida from costa rica

'We were treated like VIPs the entire time'

I cannot put to words the wonderful vacation Melanie planned for us!!! We were treated like VIPs the entire time .. everyone in Costa Rica is so kind and helpful and the country is beautiful!!!Back to Melanie .. she planned a smooth trip with great guides and beautiful hotels and the people that shuttles us to our destinations were so kind .. our first pick up from the airport the guy bought us fruit (rambutan) and chips and each a coconut with a straw poked in the top. Thank you for giving our family the trip of a lifetime and memories we will cherish forever!!

— Colleen d, costa rica

See highlights of Costa Rica's sea turtles- by Nat Geo!

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Discover Caño Island with our Destination Dive Guide, which offers a wealth of knowledge about this stunning island including dive site desriptions, depths, temperatures, and seasonality. 


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